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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #560 on: January 06, 2009, 04:58:21 pm »
It's "hard" fishing up here in winter when the rivers and lakes freeze solid, yet the Eagles stay here. I see them all winter along the river.  They eat hare, road kill, cats, dead deer what ever to keep from starving I guess. I can see skimming being a means of fishing like you say Tom. I suspect the older adults with more experience get good at it.

Pre-commercial thinning pays off. :)

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« Reply #561 on: January 06, 2009, 07:16:20 pm »
Hawk with his lunch.

 



As I was driving up to my house one afternoon before Christmas, I saw a big bird fluttering in the driveway.  Then this hawk flew away with a dead bird in his talons.  He flew to the roof of the kid's playfort.  I grabbed my camera and got a few poor shots as I walked toward the playfort snapping pictures trying not to spook him before he flew away.
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Re: Lunchtime
« Reply #562 on: January 06, 2009, 11:53:53 pm »
Interesting that you posted that today. Same happened here, with a Coopers hawk feasting on a flicker..picked most of the feathers off first. Interesting.
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #563 on: January 07, 2009, 07:45:33 am »
I have a screen porch under my upper deck. There are a couple of bird feeders on the upper deck.
In the winter, the screen porch is full of firewood and odds and ends.

When I went to feed the woodstove yesterday morning there was a bluejay in a corner of the screen porch banging against the screens. There is a door at each end about 12 feet apart but he was stuck in a corner... He got all excited when I showed up and dug himself into a space between the screening and a half sheet of foam insulation.

Thru the screen he looked kind of flat  :D I let him out with a utility knife. Don't use the screen porch for much but firewood ....
Was nice to see a jay close up !!!
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #564 on: January 07, 2009, 10:23:16 pm »
A link my Sister sent me today:

     http://skagiteaglewatchers.wordpress.com/

The Skagit River is about 18 miles north of me.  I fish up in that area a lot.
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #565 on: January 08, 2009, 01:31:53 am »
We have 2 large cranes that frequent our waterhole at the house. I got home today and Nicky said, "one Crane was flying and then the tinniest little Hawk hit it in mid air and the cranes wings just crumpled up and he fell straight down fortunately hitting the water.

Nicky said he rested on the rocks for a long while and then disappeared, hopefully not to a fox, as I type this I can can see one crane on a log in the middle of the creek but only the one.
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #566 on: January 08, 2009, 12:35:26 pm »
I'd mentioned before about watching a live cam set up on Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa and sponsored by National Geographic.  There are some interesting birds and wild animals that frequent the pond, and the pond is complete with a Nile croc.
Have been watching the croc kill a terrapin (turtle) and work on consuming it for several days. The croc also killed a large catfish and left the head on the bank. A fish eagle stole the head and dragged it off to eat it. Someone made a video of that bit of thievery if interested. 

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #567 on: January 10, 2009, 10:32:44 am »
Nice story sprucebunny.  That was fun to read.

Last year I planted a plot of New England asters, and this is the first winter I've been able to keep goldfinches into January.  I doubt that's a coincidence, and would appreciate any feedback!

Also I stopped using millet this year, and all the sparrows have left.
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #568 on: January 10, 2009, 10:41:30 am »
Got lots of birds here without even feeding them. Blue jays, pine grosbeaks, chickadee, ravens, red polls, flocks of snow bunting, juncos. If I did start feeding, the blue jays would take over, sometimes 30 at a time. They sack continuously. I see gold finch to, feeding on weeds and burdock bushes mostly.

Pre-commercial thinning pays off. :)

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #569 on: January 12, 2009, 07:16:09 pm »
Noticed a bunch of at least twenty goldfinch today as luck would have it, on my walk from the shop to the house. Hard to tell them from snow bunting from a distance, sound almost the same to. They were feeding on seeds on some tall lamb's quarters stalks.

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #570 on: January 20, 2009, 12:19:47 pm »
This little guy has been hunting the brush pile in my yard. We put the Christmas tree in the snow out by it and Jill has been putting suet and popcorn and old bread out there for the birds. He has made this his breakfast hunting ground  ;D  ;D

 

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #571 on: January 20, 2009, 04:42:42 pm »
We are maddly spraying Balck Berry's at the moment over about 300 acres that I only run cattle on and not the goats. I am worried where all the Finches that nest in these bushes are going to go next season.

The Blue Wrens and Double Bar finches call them home. One neighbour has a 500 acre paddock alongside mine that he hasn't sprayed for many a year but through another neighbour I hear he's going to hit it soon so effectively a lot of habit will be lost for these little guys.
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« Reply #572 on: January 20, 2009, 05:08:33 pm »
Looks like a merlin. We don't have them here in winter. Kestrel are similar and they were some thick here this summer. They perch on the power lines in fields. I think a nesting pair took refuge in a small stand of woods just up the road last spring. Sure was a noisey bunch and chased the robins a lot this fall in the orchard up there. They circled the place constantly.

Pre-commercial thinning pays off. :)

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #573 on: January 20, 2009, 08:09:32 pm »
My lunch time had a visitor drop in for a bit.  Musta smelled my sammich. :D
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #574 on: January 21, 2009, 12:07:43 am »
He seems to be enjoying the breeze and the view ;D.
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« Reply #575 on: January 21, 2009, 05:40:32 am »
You sure have a candid camera there mooseherder. :D

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« Reply #576 on: January 21, 2009, 06:35:56 am »
You sure have a candid camera there mooseherder. :D

My kids bought me this camera that fits in my front shirt pocket.  I'll carry it with me ready for impending action. :D  It is called Flip Mino.  Really an incredible camera with great sound.
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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #577 on: January 24, 2009, 11:48:39 am »

We've had quite a few birds come in to our bird feeder to get sunflower seeds but one day last week we were really surprised when the light coming in the window was almost blocked.
We had a Wild Turkey actually land on the window-box bird feeder, only for a minute though.

He didn't like the chicken wire screen we had put over it, so, he left.

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Re: BIRDS
« Reply #578 on: January 31, 2009, 10:07:02 am »


I looked out our living room window this morning to see a bald eagle and two crows setting in a walnut tree about 50 yards from the house and about eye level.  I got out my camera and snapped a few pictures.  When I zoomed in,  I could no longer see the bird in the view screen so I got the picture off center.

Brooke got a better quality 8mp camera for Christmas but it was set on video mode and by the time I got it back on picture mode,  the eagle flew off.
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« Reply #579 on: January 31, 2009, 04:50:54 pm »
A flock of waxwings descended upon my crab apple tree for last season's dried up apples. I never thought of the camera, could have taken one easily.

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